Fiat Chrysler has pushed back plans to introduce a heavily updated version of the Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups in 2018, Automotive News reports.
The automaker had originally intended to introduce next-gen versions of its Heavy Duty pickups riding on its new pickup truck platform, referred to internally as ‘DT’, however it has now decided to instead give the current pickup a new lease on life with a mild update.
AN says it is “unknown,” why FCA has decided to delay a profit-heavy vehicle like its heavy duty pickups, however delaying the revamp will free up the cash that would have been required to retool its pickup plant in Saltillo, Mexico.
The decision to delay the new heavy duty pickups seems to go against the philosophy that inspired FCA’s North American manufacturing revamp. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne put the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart out of production in order to free up its production capacity in the U.S. to build a higher number of profit heavy pickup trucks and SUVs. It now seems FCA is having some trouble bringing more large vehicles to market even without the 200 and Dart robbing it of cash and production space, though.
Rumors recently surfaced that FCA had delayed also delayed another large upcoming vehicle, the luxurious Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It was initially believed the automaker had scrapped the Grand Wagoneer entirely, however the SUV has now been put on hold as FCA figures out where to build it and on what vehicle platform.